Malnutrition or Unexplained Weight Loss Lawsuit Claims Lawyer
One of the basic needs to maintain health is receiving enough nutrients and calories. It should be expected that any person residing in a nursing home will receive proper nutrition and food to sustain their health. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. If you have a loved one that is suffering from malnutrition or has undergone unexplained weight loss while in a nursing home, this may be a sign of nursing home neglect.
Nursing homes have a responsibility to provide care for their residents. This includes ensuring patients receive balanced and adequate nutrition. Many nursing home residents rely on their caregivers to provide them with food and beverages. In addition, it is vital that nursing home medical staff are monitoring food and nutrient intake to ensure residents are receiving adequate levels to maintain their health. When a nursing home resident has lost weight unexpectedly or has health issues caused by malnutrition, this can be a direct result of neglect by their caregivers.
Dangers of Elderly Malnutrition
It is not uncommon for elderly persons to lose weight due to a variety of health conditions. It is also not uncommon for the elderly to have a reduced appetite. However, they still need to receive balanced nutrients to protect their health. The nursing home staff has an obligation to monitor the weight and nutritional intake of their residents to ensure they are receiving adequate calories and nutrients. Malnutrition can lead to muscle loss, cognitive impairments, cardiovascular problems and many other health issues, even death.
If you are concerned that a loved one in a nursing home has lost too much weight or is suffering from malnutrition, report the suspected abuse and contact us at Ligori & Sanders Attorneys at Law. We can discuss your claim and look at your legal options. If an injury or death has been caused by malnutrition, you may be able to seek compensation on behalf of your family member with a nursing home negligence claim.